SAN JOSE Costa Rica (Xinhua) --
The Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefutbol) announced on
Wednesday that they will not extend the contract of national
team manager, Oscar Ramirez, after disappointing results at the
2018 Russia World Cup.
Contrary to the
team’s success four years ago in Brazil; Costa Rica were beaten
twice (by Serbia and Brazil) and drew once against Switzerland
in Russia. The team did not advance to the knockout stages of
Prior to the poor
results, Fedefutbol president Rodolfo Villalobos said that
Ramirez’s contract ended with the last game of the competition
and decision was made that the manager would not continue.
“Thanks to Oscar’s
dedication, his professionalism, his teaching, Costa Rica gained
its World Cup experience. It isn’t convenient to continue. We
believe in his professionalism and ability but have decided not
to renew his contract,” the president said.
Villalobos said that
the federation will now search for a new manager to begin the
Qatar 2022 process.
The federation hopes
to have a new trainer in place before the friendly matches
against South Korea and Japan in September. “We’re less than two
months away but we’re not going to demand we have someone in
place by that time. If we manage to get someone, great, but
we’ll take the time to decide who will take control exclusively
for the two games in Asia,” he said.